LA PORTE, INDIANA–Two American schools that have become home to many Canadian prospects throughout the high school season are La Lumiere and Wasatch Academy. Home to also International flavour from as far as Austrailia and China.
Today, they’ll meet at the Mary Kline Classic in La Porte, Indiana in the home gym of the La Lu Lakers.The Mary Kline Classic is an annual event that is put on by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop, to help spread awareness and aid in cancer research. All funds raised from this event will go towards cancer research.
Tonight’s match is expecting a few dozen NCAA coaches including; Coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Coach John Calipari of Kentucky.
La Lumiere 11-2 record
Wasatch 10-5 record
La Lu Canadian Breakdown
La Lu has successfully recruited the services of Munis Tutu, Nolan Narain, Brandon Cyrus and Tyler Plummer; all of which are projected and being recruited by mid-high major level programs.
Munis Tutu has been the top ranked Canadian point guard for the past two years and has maintained his stock throughout the high school and AAU season.
Tutu is the only Canadian with experience at Dick’s Sporting Goods National Invitational, where La Lu hopes to be at in April.
Guards, Brandon Cyrus and Tyler Plummer get tested daily by Illinois commit Jalen Coleman who is a 4 star recruit. I look forward to see their gains and areas of improvement.
For many, it will be a fresh look at the big Austrailian that put a beating on team Canada at the FIBA U17 World Championships this past summer, Isaac Humphries, who is now suiting up for La Lumiere and matching up daily with former MacNab post-man Nolan Narain.
Head Coach of La Lumiere, Coach Shane Heirman expressed that they were happy to inject Humphries in the line up but with that also comes the challenge of changing the style of play.
Humphries came into the U. S after the Christmas break, so by that time, the Lakers already had an identity.
“For most of this season so far we’ve been running and gunning and putting up a lot of shots to make up for the lack of size. Now having him (Isaac Humphries) is changing things up and we’re transitioning into a slightly modified identity. Most teams deal with these type of adjustments in November and we’re dealing with it in January so it’s a challenge.”
The injection of Humphries into the line up has been a big plus for Narain as his rate of development has shot up by allowing him to step out and play his natural position as a four man.
What has intrigued most big time NCAA programs about Nolan is his ability to step out to the three.
That’s a lot to digest about La Lumiere, and that’s without getting into detail about the impact that Coleman has on a game. Koby McEwen of Wasatch will likely be checking him tonight.
Canadian contingent on Wasatch Academy
Six out of the 10 players on Wasatch’s roster happen to be from the North.
Koby McEwen and Cody John have been centerpieces to the program for the past two years.
McEwen a player that we are very familiar with since tracking him over the years with the National team program, CIA Bounce, and Wasatch. He’s a flat out producer on all fronts and brings a intensity to the game that is rarely matched by opponents.
John, a player that we have not seen in over a year and from what we’ve been hearing from American scouts and coaches, hes excelling. It’s about time to get a look at him in person.
Happy with what he was getting from the two guys above, Head Coach of Wasatch, Geno Morgan continued looking for leafers.
This past summer Coach Morgan was as active on the AAU circuit as any NCAA coach and he decided to stock up on what’s been working for him, more Canadian talent.
Josip Vrankic and Jeff Baradziej of Canada Elite, Jackson Rowe (Mississauga Wolverines) and Shamiel Stevenson (S-Elite) are the new additions.
I couldn’t miss this trip…back on the road to Indiana! #RoadWarriors